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Reality High Test Results, September 21-27: Some People Never Learn, Do They?by Belle Book -- 09/27/2006
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Welcome back to another week at Reality High! It’s another week of trying to teach Reality TV show contestants the fine arts of game play, logic, and strategic technique. Let’s see if there’s any improvement this week.
In any case, the remaining nineteen contestants from Survivor: Cook Islands and the remaining ten teams from The Amazing Race 10 returned, and I gave them the tests for this week. They took the tests, and returned them to me. Once I got the tests back, I took a look at them.
When I looked at Adam’s answer to the first question, I had the funny feeling that it was going to be a long day for me:
1. True or False: It’s a good idea to make a real floor for your shelter instead of just sleeping on the ground.
Jessica, Jonathan, and Parvati all answered “True,” while Adam answered “False.” I sighed and told Adam he was wrong. When he protested that Jonathan made the decision without asking the rest of the tribe, I told him that while Jonathan should have asked the rest of the tribe before going forward with plans to make a floor for the shelter, that didn’t change the fact that it’s better to sleep on a real floor than on the ground. I’d rather sleep on a floor than on the ground. Adam frowned, but seemed to accept my reasoning.
I alternatively smiled and frowned when I looked at the second question:
2. What is the best way to get far in the game of Survivor?
A. Scheme and plot, especially to form alliances. But it’s also a good idea to work hard
Before I could say anything, Tina from Survivor: Exile Island came in and handed me a paper with the answer “B.” I said, “Tina! B is still not the right answer! Remember how the voting turned out for you when Casaya first went to Tribal Council?” Tina stared at me for a minute, said “Oh yeah,” and left. I wish I didn’t have to remind her that the vote went between her and Cirie and that while Cirie was afraid of leaves at that point, she knew how to make alliances, and that’s what kept her to the final four. But I did.
Moving back to the test itself, both Becky and Yul answered “A,” and I was pleased to tell them that they were right. Yul is clearly a hard worker and a bright guy – look at how he created the trap that caught two wild chickens! And both he and Becky had the right idea to form an alliance that was based on common cultural background – in their case, the fact that they were both Korean-Americans. Of course, the tribes may be switched in a future episode, so they’d have to adapt. But they’re starting out well.
Meanwhile, Cao Boi answered “C,” and I had to tell him that once again, he was wrong. When he protested that he was amongst fellow Asians, I let him know that ethnic jokes might be okay amongst friends who know you and know that you don’t mean any harm, but it would be a bad idea amongst complete strangers, even those who have the same ethnic background as you do. And those who don’t… that’s an even worse idea. Yul tried to point that out to him but once again, he just didn’t get it. Cao Boi might just be trying to be funny, but he’s not the brightest light bulb out there.
I moved on to the third question, and I knew that I was going to have some hard talking to do with Billy:
3. True or False: It’s a great idea to let others work themselves to exhaustion and just lie around and eat (and drink) the fruits of their labors.
Billy answered “True,” and I called him up to tell him that he was absolutely wrong! He protested that he felt like an outcast because he liked heavy metal, which isn’t exactly the type of music Latinos would listen to. I told him that it was no excuse for being lazy as heck! And when he said that letting the others work themselves to exhaustion was part of his strategy, I counted to 10 before telling him that it was a terrible strategy! I’m not the hardest worker, but if I were on a tribe of worker bees, I’d definitely be trying to pull some weight in my tribe and not stand out like a sore thumb! And I’d be trying to form at least one alliance, if not two, in my own tribe as well. But Billy didn’t do any of that.
Then I looked at the fourth question. It’s one of those no-brainer questions that I decided to throw to the group, just to make certain that they’re still thinking. And then I saw J.P. and Ozzy’s answer to it. My jaw dropped to the floor. My eyes became like saucers. I blinked, hoping that doing it would change the answer. It didn’t, so I just shook my head, and then slapped the side of it, hoping that I was just dreaming. Then I pinched myself. Nothing happened, so I clicked my heels three times and murmured “There’s no place like home.” When I finally realized it wasn’t a nightmare or a hallucination, I called the witch doctor, and this is what he said. He said, “Oo ee, oo ah ah, ting tang walla walla bing bang, yeah they’re a pair of morons.”
4. True or False: It’s always a good idea to throw an immunity challenge just to get rid of someone.
J.P. and Ozzy both answered “True,” while Billy, Cecelia, and Cristina all answered “False.” I called J.P. and Ozzy up and told them they had the wrong answer! They both protested that Billy was dead weight and that he had to go! I explained that while I also felt that Billy was dead weight, it was still a bad idea to throw a challenge just to get rid of some dead weight! I then asked, “Do you have any idea what happened to the
last tribe to throw an immunity challenge?” They didn’t, so I told them that in Survivor: Pearl Islands, the Drake tribe threw the challenge, got rid of Burton… and lost the next two immunity challenges! That got their attention.
Ozzy admitted that in retrospect, it might’ve been a better idea not to throw the challenge. But he still felt that they needed to get rid of the dead weight. As for J.P., he continued to mutter that Billy was dead weight, and that throwing a challenge will work out better for them than it did for Drake. I heard him and I said that if he felt that way, then he can just cool his heels… in detention! J.P. stood stock still for a moment, but then he nodded, accepted the pink slip I gave him and walked out to detention. And after that, I took my first Excedrin. And boy, did it feel good!1 2 3 Next-->
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